veski hosts world renowned cropping systems economist - Dr Terry Griffin

27 March

During February and March 2018, Dr Terry Griffin visited Australia as the 2017 veski sustainable agriculture fellow.  Dr Griffin is a Cropping Systems Economist at Kansas State University and is celebrated for his work in the access and use of data in agriculture. While in Australia, he joined with Australian farmers, researchers and leading institutions, led by Birchip Cropping Group, to share research and knowledge to help harness the power of data technologies to improve efficiencies in farm practices.

Dr Griffin joined a select group of farmers, industry body leaders and veski sustainable agriculture selection panel members for the veski conversation, held in Bendigo on 26 February 2018, where comparisons were drawn between the Australian and US experience of the use of data technology for precision agriculture, and how the two countries were at similar stages in terms of the progression in this field. 
At the DRDC Grains Research Update held in Bendigo on Tuesday, 27 February 2018, Dr Griffin provided a keynote presentation on tackling the challenges of utilising 'small' data at the farm level. Dr Griffin, or the Space Plowboy as he refers to himself, informed the audience that he is first a farmer, and then an agricultural economist who conducts research to improve farming efficiency. Throughout the presentation he offered practical advice on how farmers and agronomists can effectively use farm machinery data through the use of apps currently available.  It was noted that poor internet connectivity is a barrier to the uptake of these farm technologies in both Australia and in the US.

During his three week visit to Australia, Dr Griffin worked with farmers and leading institutions around Australia to share his knowledge on data use in agriculture. In Victoria he worked with Birchip Cropping Group, Longernong College, Federation University, Agribio Melbourne, DEDJTR - Victorian Government, CSIRO and Agriculture Victoria. While in Perth he met with the CSIRO and academics at Curtin University, and in Sydney to meet Dr Griffin met with Food Agility CRC; and the Farm Institute and CSIRO at the University Technology Sydney.

This was the first of two visits where Dr Griffin will continue work with farmers and leading institutions on the project titled: ‘Connectivity, capability and trust: breaking down barriers for arming to create value from data sets’.

View Dr Griffin's GRDC abstract here.

"Transforming Grain" Sunraysia Daily, 27 February 2018

"Australian farmers team with globally recognised US agriculture researcher to transform grain industry" Sci-mex.org, 27 February, 2018

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